Hello I'm Rebecca Mccarthy I'm 29 and a mother of two. I have a supportive partner who has been encouraging me to get fit and do something for myself. I work as a nurse part time so being active and fit definitely helps with the challenges of that job.
I decided to enter the 12 week challenge when I saw it advertised and was excited to be told I had been chosen to do it! We are getting married in December 2016 and I would like to feel great on our big day.
Since becoming a Mum my body shape has changed and I am aiming towards getting a womanly shape back.
I would like to lose 20kg and tone up. My aim is to also learn healthy eating habits, have more motivation and gain strength.
After Week 1:
Wow! What a change. I can definitely say this week has been a challenge. I have really enjoyed it but it has been hard work. Found muscles I never knew existed and have been pushed by Carolyn. If I had been told by the end of week 1 I would be doing 200 crunches I would have thought it was a joke! I'm so thankful for this opportunity.
5 days at gym this week! Really enjoyed the energy that comes after a good workout. It's been a really busy week fitting in work and gym into an already busy life with two little ones. This week I could hardly move my arms for two days after 'arms' day. To carry it pick up my kids was so sore. Obviously those muscles are being worked. Towards the end of the week my shins started aching so I changed cardio to the bike instead of treadmill which helped a lot.
This week I've been starving!!! It's a challenge making the right choices when you feel like that. Having readily available healthy choices helps! I'm still feeding my wee man and so a combination of that and a big workout seems to be making me really hungry. I had a muffin this week which I felt bad about but I guess it could have been worse!
I'm so thankful for my family helping me with my children to allow me the time to do this challenge.
Goals I have in my focus are to obviously lose weight but to also be able to run comfortably! Bring on week 3. I no it's going to hurt!
Well week 3 has been a step up.....I'm now running and the weights have got heavy! I never thought I'd get running as I have always found it difficult. I'm quite enjoying it and it feels satisfying getting a good sweat up!
I'm finding it a bit challenging with finding meal options that suit my young family and also me so at times I am cooking a few different dinners to meet everyone's needs along with working shift work! It's very busy. I notice with cutting out most carbohydrates I feel more energetic and not so sluggish.
I'm so grateful for this opportunity and it has definitely made me think about the rubbish I would eat and how much I would eat!
Wow week four already! The eating Is becoming much easier, I've branched out with different recipes and changing things around abit to suit me and my family. I've noticed that I'm not as hungry as I have been the past few weeks. This week I've enjoyed all aspects of my work out except the dreaded abs!!! It's so hard but I've managed to do it. I've never enjoyed running before coming to go girls but maybe I wasn't doing it right. My favourite day is leg day, I love that feeling when you feel like you have worked hard and can feel those muscles the next day.
This week has been terrible with my little boy being really unwell and just needing a lot of 'mummy' time to keep him calm and help his breathing. I've kept on track with healthy eating except for one day when we were in hospital and I ate what we were given. I had 4 days off in a row from any fitness as I wasn't able to get to the gym. I really missed it! There's always one exercise that I seem to dread. This week it is step ups with the Dumbbells!! It's so HARD!!!!! I told Carolyn that I would not be a good advertisement for go girls especially after doing step ups because I look so terrible and can hardly stand up. On a brighter note ab workout is now awesome and I'd volunteer to do it these days. Cardio has gotten way more intense with doing interval training once again I am almost dead after this but gezzz it makes me feel good for the rest of the day. I
can't believe I'm almost half way. I'm really enjoying this challenge and a healthier lifestyle for me and my family. 😊
Whoop half way. Still enjoying the program! The super sets are giving me a real challenge. It's great though as you get the work done quick. Still enjoying the cardio but it's becoming more challenging and intense. I'm finding my healthy eating pretty easy now. Having salad ingredients more readily available and more affordable us really helpful too. I don't buy anything 'naughty' for our family that might tempt me as I know I'll eat it!
My body has been quite sore this week after increasing the weights. This feeling has become a sense of achievement though as I then realise I've worked those muscles. Doing this challenge has benefited my well being in many ways. I chose to enter the challenge to gain muscle tone and lose weight but I have noticed that it has had a really positive effect on my mind and coping ability with a busy life. Things that would once of impacted me seem minimal and my mind is much clearer. Exercise is addictive!
Well week 8 has been good. Getting really into the running with increasing the amount of time running on the treadmill. It's challenging but I feel great at the end of it. The weights are enjoyable now as I know what to do and it doesn't feel awkward. I must admit I will never find step ups easy but I guess I find them hard as that is the area I need to work on for toning and weight loss. Carolyn has been a great motivator to me during this challenge. I sometimes feel like saying it's
easy for you to say it's not that bad but I know how hard she has worked to get where she is. Bring on week 9!
Holy moly! Week 9 has stepped it up. Burpees, Skipping and REAL press ups!! It's been so hard. I feel completely knackered after each work out this week but it's a great feeling because I know I've done something. The nutrition side has been abit average as we celebrated our little boys first birthday so I had a few treats over the weekend. I enjoy making different meals and experimenting with recipes by adding veges instead of carbs. It's still tasty just not stodgy.
This week has been terrible as I injured my iliac joint somehow. Not sure how I have done, possibly at work or carrying children around awkwardly.
On Tuesday I could barely get around so went to a physiotherapist and he really sorted me out but also told me to not run or do anything to strenuous for the week!!!!
So this week I have been walking on treadmill and biking for cardio. I've been done some weights but mostly using the resistance machines which is still getting my heart rate up.
I've been on night shift this week which is not always good for healthy eating so this week I went to the supermarket and brought a few healthy snacks which really helped keep me on track.
Well my back is feeling a lot better and I'm able to give 100%. I feel satisfied that I've done something when I'm absolutely knackered and sweating. Back running and increased the reps of the weights which definitely gets the heart pumping! I think I really enjoy weights now as it feels more natural and I know what to do. I'm getting worried about how my weigh in will go as I'm worried last week set me back. Time will tell!
Wow all done! I actually can't believe I've finished. This week has been so hectic with preparation for photo shoot and final weigh in. I'm really going to miss having Carolyn PT me. The energy she helps me find and how she helps me achieve goals is so fulfilling. This week she had me running down the Main Street and at the bay doing the steps, i felt really pleased of our efforts after. I'm really happy about completing the challenge but also sad that it's over as the routine and challenges has been awesome for my life. I'm going to carry on at Go Girls and set a new personal goal for next year. 😊